With so much to do around Cairns, you’ll want to ensure you don’t miss the things to do IN Cairns. Be sure to make time to stop at the night markets (pamper yourself and get a massage while you’re there) and if you have the time a few hours walking around a Cairns during the day is quite enjoyable.
The sunset colors of Cairns are quite photogenic.
The town has a lovely esplanade so you won’t have to miss out on swimming opportunities (most accommodation has their own pools as well).
I love fruit and you simply cannot buy finer quality mango’s, guava, bananas, etc. outside of the tropics (not to mention buying food at the markets money saving trick)! Luckily, Rusty’s Markets is right in the middle of Cairns and really easy to get to! The vendors were really helpful when I explained I didn’t know how to pick out the fruit. Below is one mornings breakfast. A nice guy at the hostel even showed me how to cut the mango like this. You must absolutely take advantage of this opportunity while you’re in Cairns.
It’s not every day you get to go to a botanical garden in the tropics. Be sure to stop in at the Cairns Botanical Gardens to visit some lovely gardens. We took a walk on the boardwalks through tropical rainforest plants.
There were an abundance of butterflies and dragonflies who call the gardens home.
I have never seen bamboo this massive.
Of course, Cairns is a great base for many excursions and you’ll probably want to consult a travel desk while you are there. To name a few of so many opportunities around Cairns you can book a tour or self-drive the Atherton Tablelands Waterfall circuit. Next time, I plan to spend some time in Youngburra and go canoeing during early morning in hopes of seeing platypus while I’m there. Rent a car and go North towards Cape Tribulation. Take a day excursion to Kuranda to experience a microcosm of Queensland must-do tourist activities. You can book helicopter flights over the Great Barrier Reef and/or get PADI certified (or just go scuba diving at the GBR). Cairns is a great place to start or end your travels along the Australia’s East Coast, as well as a great place to base your holiday.